South-bound trucks are back using the storm-damaged SH25-Thames Coast Road from today.
The NZ Transport Agency today lifted part of the 5-tonne weight restriction on this section of road.
“Our engineers are satisfied that we can allow trucks travelling south towards Thames to resume using the road which should allow businesses like mussel farms and forestry to take their products off the peninsula,” says Transport Agency System Management manager Karen Boyt.
At this stage the 5-tonne weight restriction remains in place for north-bound traffic as there are still sections of the road near the ocean side which require strengthening.
“We want to ensure that there is no risk of a truck accidentally toppling over the edge of the road due to the reduced strength of the damaged road,” Ms Boyt says.
“North-bound trucks need to continue to use the route around the eastern side of the peninsula, and we recognise that this does add considerable time and distance and appreciate people’s patience.”
While the full repair programme is scheduled to be completed by the end of March , the Transport Agency will seek to remove the last weight restriction before then and will continue to provide updates.
How to stay up to date:
· A webpage has been set up to provide travel information for the journey from Thames to Manaia www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/sh25
· The key traffic and travel source which provides up-to-date information on weather and road conditions nationwide is www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic
· Information is also shared via the Transport Agency’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts listed here www.nzta.govt.nz/contact-us/co
· Thames Coromandel District Council facebook updates here www.facebook.com/ThamesCoroman
· Drivers can also call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the call centre team who can provide them with traffic and travel information either before they’re travelling or when they’re on the road.